Gentle. Deep. Freeing. The masterful qualities shed the old growth of their evocative skins like flowers of frequency. Dropping pedals to nurture the tender foreground of an ever-awakening hopeful landscape. Post digital sputtering ala the late 90’s glitch movement, mixed with an ambient attitude, interwoven into a tapestry of cosmic ease and passive conventional comfort. Cordell Klier shines as usual with this breezy spring-inspired document.
“Going Forth By Day” is a light hearted notion rising out of a generally somber performer. The audio concepts are color filled, bright and inspiring, leaving the listening with a feeling of pure luxury. Almost like your newly decorated loft in the town you’ve always loved. Crack open that bottle of red, kick back and enjoy.
April 7, 2008
Ambient Glitch and Drones
The Minneapolis-based avant-garde sound artist, label owner, and free-lance graphic designer Cordell Klier is a name that should have appeared on these review pages long before this. His most recent netlabel release Going Forth By Day on Cyclene Records is a vivid reminder of this artists perseverance in creating first-rate electronic music and is a testament to his expertise in composing beautiful digital amalgamations of glitch and tonal drones.
I discovered the work of Cordell Klier sometime after he changed the name of his label from Doctrine Insectvas to DOCSECT but before three of my personal favorite physical releases were published: His well-received debut CD of ghostlike glitch Apparitions, his not so widely known CD-R of electroacoustic magic Glass and Various Broken Brushes, and his 12-vinyl LP of rhythmic glitch Cavern Poems were released by Ad Noiseam, Snip-Snip Records, and Miisc, respectively. Over the years Ive managed to acquire more than two dozen of his CD-R releases in addition to several CD and tape releases.
Even a cursory glance at his discography shows that this artist has been around for a long time. Releasing electronic music under several aliases (Monstrare, Under Crushing Wings, No Human Day, etc.), Klier has dabbled with just about every genre under the umbrella of avant-garde music including dark ambient, electroacoustic, lowercase, ultra-minimal, punk, death industrial, power electronics, click-n-cut, clicno, minimal techno, black metal, occult, glitch, neo-folk, and even post-pop. Besides his own label DOCTSECT and labels already noted, he has physical releases on Mystery Sea, Truculent Recordings, Acid Fake Recordings, Gears of Sand, Afe Records, Force of Nature Productions, Frozen Empire Median, and Angle.Rec.
In 2003, he entered the realm of netaudio with a couple of MP3 releases which included the now defunct Fukk God Lets Create netlabel release of his massive composition of glitch and drone titled An Illuminary Gentlemen Approaching . The years 2005 - 2008 saw several online albums released by Dark Winter. Just recently Klier has teamed up with Dark Winter owner Nathan Larson to co-found the Rotten Crab netlabel.
Joining this steadily growing list of netaudio releases is this newest one on Cyclene Records - Going Forth By Day. The album includes twelve tersely named tracks of post-digital glitch fused with sinuous tones that result in a very blithe ambient-drone colored hybrid of the two. Youll find something for every frame of mind here. If youre looking for something a little dark and moody, then focus your ears on Spor [track 2], Heppa [track 6], or Wine Stems [track 9] or if youre seek something light-hearted and relaxing then fix your attention on Captivated [track 3] or Passive [track 7]. For something minimal, shimmering, and just plain amusing, Whim [track 1] or the suggestively titled Library Sex [track 7] should do the trick. The ultra-quiet initial two-thirds of Return [track 12] is deceptive because the remaining third is a beautiful tapestry of gentle, relaxing, flowing tones.
Going Forth By Day shows Cordell Klier in one of his finest creative moments. This is a netaudio release not to miss. Lets hope that well hear more from this artist in the near future, virtual or otherwise.